The story of two Iraqi brothers who escaped from Baghdad in early 2002 becomes a vehicle for British-born, NY-based artist Jane Benson to explore the social reverberations caused by geo-cultural separation.
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is comprised of twelve animals derived from the Chinese astrological calendar of years, weeks, and hours. The design of these heads was inspired by a specific source: an elaborate fountain created in the 1700s for the gardens of Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat outside of Beijing, China. The Qianlong Emperor commissioned Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit, to create gardens and fountains with a sense of Western opulence. Each zodiac animal corresponds to a two-hour period on a 24-hour cycle. Thus in its original design, each animal sprayed water from its mouth during its corresponding two-hour period.
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art is the first contemporary art exhibition to question and explore in-depth the complex and contested space of the American South. One needs to look no further than literature, cuisine and music, to see evidence of the South’s profound influence on American culture, and consequently much of the world. This unprecedented exhibition investigates the many realities, fantasies and myths that have long captured the public’s imagination, and presents a wide range of perspectives to create a composite portrait of Southern identity through contemporary art.
Fifty paintings span six centuries in this who’s who of British painting. Highlights from the Berger Collection, housed in the Denver Art Museum, convey the history of British artistic achievement and delight the eye. Beginning with a medieval crucifixion scene and ending with contemporary painting, the exhibition touches on all major eras and genres in between. Captivating portraits show the faces of Tudor royalty, powerful aristocrats, and the rising middle class. Landscapes reveal the importance of the sea, the countryside, and the city to British identity. Compelling paintings of horses underscore the popularity of equestrian sports in Britain. In short, Treasures from the Berger Collection, with its masterpieces by artists including Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and John Singer Sargent, provides a rich survey of British painting.
When Njideka Akunyili (b.1983) left Lagos for the U.S. at age 16 she detoured from her initial plan to be a doctor to pursue painting and fulfill the urge to tell another side of Nigeria’s story. “America has a lot of people talking about how Nigeria doesn’t,” she says.
The DAI’s summer exhibition, Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence,showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
DPMT7 is a Cincinnati-based architecture/design collective led by Vincent Sansalone of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning along with Ryan Ball, Kory Beighle, Sean Cottengim, Nicholas Germann, Whitney Hamaker, and Joseph Kinzelman. In their first major gallery exhibition, DPMT7 will transform both levels of the Weston Art Gallery in an architectural intervention that reimagines the urban landscape. What is the role of Architecture (“A” for emphasis) in a world of entropy? In this world, architecture is neither the physical object of stone upon stone, nor the spatial voids formed by the stone upon stone; it is the armature of the in-between and the framework of a yet unanswered question of history. Un Teatro del Nuovo attempts such a reduction by utilizing the simplest of architectural tools: the line, manifested in one of the most banal architectural systems: the frame. The simplicity of the line moves through the city, reinforcing the degradation of the existing without masking it. History is placed on display through a reactive frame reinvigorating the layers of the urban landscape.
This exhibition will celebrate a new iteration of the Swiss-born, NY-based artist Ugo Rondinone’s color spectrum series that congregates his art, the gallery architecture and every visitor to the space as collaborators in an all-encompassing experience.